Olympic Hall, Seoul, Korea
March 28, 2004
Woman From Tokyo
I Got Your Number
Strange Kind Of Woman
Knocking At Your Back Door
Morse Solo / Well-Dressed Guitar
Don Airey Solo (incl. Arirang - Korean trad. music) / Perfect Strangers
Doing It Tonight
Pictures Of Home
House Of Pain
When A Blind Man Cries
Smoke On The Water
Hit The Road Jack
Just got back from the Seoul show.
I was lucky enough to attend both the Korean shows (the other one being Daegu
on Friday - see previous review). Both concerts
were brilliant but there were a few subtle differences at the Seoul gig tonight.
Firstly, they added House Of Pain before Lazy which was a much appreciated addition.
Secondly, the audience was louder and more willingly to stand up and dance.
In terms of performance, Ian Gillan seemed to be in an even more relaxed mood
making various comments such as "it always rains in Seoul" and singling
people out for praise. "thank you very much man!" pointing at particular
fans. He also mentioned that he hoped the ticket to Seoul was a "return
ticket" hinting that thy'd love to come back soon.
Yet again the band played an energetic, entertaining and fun performance. You
could see it in their faces, just how much they enjoy playing.
In Korea, old fans and teenagers used to flock together to DPs
gig. At their first tour in Korea at 1995 (which was the early era of Steve
Morse line-up, Battle Rages On Tour.), most of the audience were long-waiting
old fans. But at their third visit to this country (Triport Rock Festival 1999),
they became a legend. The band performed an unbelievable show facing the worst
weather of rain and storm. The danger of electric damages were no obstacle to
this band and the kids, most of whom had gathered to see Rage Against Machine
or Dream Theater, discovered the forgotten old hero at that time. From then
on, the portion of young fans increased more and more as DP visited, because
they had wanted to confirm the legend in 1999.
The two shows of Banana tour in Korea at March 26 (Daegu) and 28 (Seoul) also
did show this tendency. Young and old fans were mixed on halves in the hall.
Screaming kids, as are always in any country, were really wild. When a member
of the band gave his hand to them, they did not let go of his hand. Steve and
Roger missed playing their parts sometimes for this reason and moreover, Steves
bracelet was torn apart at the Seoul show. At the end of show, Steve allowed
the request of autographs on CDs from a fan near the stage and kids crowded
to this kind man. He might have become frightened of this situation and hurried
backstage. Big Ian tried to calm down these wild fans saying Take it easy,
At the show, almost every time when Don played his solo part, Big Ian gestured
keyboard playing with his hand which motioned crowds to 'keyboard-along'. The
crowd sincerely followed his instruction and the band liked that. But to my
regret, the mixing balance of sound seemed not to be right. The volume of Dons
keyboard was somewhat suppressed by guitar. Steve asked the sound crews to increase
the volume of Dons part continuously but it seemed not to be improved
easily. (But I thought the sound was better in Seoul than Daegu.)
The finger picked riff to House of Pain by Steve sounded
like Mark Knopfler in Money for Nothing. For the intro to Highway Star, Steve
added the riff of Born in the USA, and followed the fast alternate picking licks
with bluegrass feel, which was same as the previous gig at Daegu.
The mood of show was really delightful. The audience enjoyed
the band a lot and the band enjoyed the audience. The happy people of young
and old took photographs of themselves before the empty stage, pledging to see
again this gray-haired rock band who always play from their heart.
What a show! The show must go on!